Detroit Tigers’ Willie Horton going to All-Star Game as coach

Willie Horton, a longtime member of the Detroit Tigers and a special assistant to the general manager, is headed to the 2022 All-Star Game on July 19 at Dodger Stadium.

He accepted an invitation from American League manager Dusty Baker — the manager of the Houston Astros — to serve as the AL’s honorary coach for the Midsummer Classic.

“It will be one of my greatest honors to stand alongside one of the best baseball men I know, Mr. Dusty Baker, as an honorary coach at this year’s All-Star Game,” Horton said in a statement.

“Some of the greatest memories from my playing career came from my four All-star appearances, and I’m excited to help represent the Tigers among baseball’s best and brightest at Dodger Stadium next month.”

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Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera (24) was honored for his 3,000 hits and 500 homers before the game against the Toronto Blue Jayson  Sunday, June 12, 2022. Willie Horton gets a hug after presenting Cabrera with the bat and gloves he used to get the 3,000th hit.

On the National League side, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker asked Washington National manager Dave Martinez and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to join him as honorary coaches.

Horton, 79, played 15 of his 18 seasons for the Tigers, from 1963-77. A four-time All-Star and 1968 World Series champion, Horton hit .273 with 1,993 hits and 325 home runs in 2,028 career games.

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